Raikkonen: Small mistake caused Q1 elimination

Jamie Woodhouse
Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen believes Alfa Romeo's struggles since the summer break are nothing "major".

Kimi Raikkonen believes a “small mistake” compromised his whole lap after being eliminated in Q1 at the Russian GP.

Alfa Romeo came into the weekend with hopes of scoring solid points, and while that is still very much a possibility, Raikkonen admitted that a “small mistake” from him in Q1 was all it took for him to miss out on the next session.

“Yeah, I think it’s been difficult for sure the whole weekend,” he told reporters in Sochi.

“But we made some bigger changes for qualifying, and the car actually didn’t feel too bad.

“I just made a small mistake and ran wide in Turn 10 and lost all the speed on the back straight.

“It seemed we were quite a lot faster on that lap until that happened.”

Raikkonen’s Alfa Romeo team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi was able to escape Q1 as his upturn in form continues, but still was left disappointed by failing to make Q3.

“We expected a little bit better and more easy, especially to go to Q3, but in the end I did almost a perfect lap and it didn’t happen,” he explained.

“We need to focus now on tomorrow, still I think the weekend is not yet over and we need to find a good strategy for tomorrow and I think we will try to get some points.”

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